Shelby County Youth Coordinator

Base County
Counties Served

Iowa 4-H and the County Youth Coordinator will focus on Positive Youth Development (PYD). Staff will work with youth, volunteers, and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate a progressive series of educational programs and experiences that work toward multiple life skill outcomes (productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners). This position should empower youth to reach their full potential through Youth Adult Partnerships and research-based experiences.

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to advance the Iowa 4-H mission and vision.
  • Develop and implement a year-round county recruitment and retention strategy for diverse community and corporate volunteers.
  • Develop and implement a year-round county recruitment and retention strategy to bring diverse youth from entry-point activities into long-term involvement in
  • Plan, deliver, and evaluate 4-H county fair activities, while maintaining positive relationships/partnership with county fair boards and volunteers.
  • Assure compliance with risk management policies, including required training and background checks of volunteers.
  • Establish and maintain 4-H governance committees. 
  • When volunteers are utilized, ensure all volunteers comply with all risk management policies, including required training and background checks.
  • Promote 4-H state and county programs, events, and activities, working with local partners and media.
  • Apply Positive Youth Development practices to in-and out-of-school settings.
  • Utilize partnerships to implement vetted, educational curriculum-based youth development programs following the four program priority areas: (1) STEM; (2) Communications and Arts; (3) Healthy Living; (4) Leadership and Civic Engagement, advancing Iowa 4-H mission and vision.   Ensure fidelity in program delivery.
  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with the County Extension Council, youth, families, volunteers, other extension staff and community partners.
  • Represent Iowa State University, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Iowa 4-H professionally and positively.
  • Collect, analyze, and share county data to ensure program effectiveness. 
  • Implement programs in accordance with state and federal guidelines and policies and share with volunteers and community partners (use of name and emblem, releases/waivers, fundraisers/activities, insurance, civil rights law, child protection policy, risk management, policies, etc.).  Follow county fiscal policy and procedures.
  • Support county extension council to complete county needs assessment to identify youth and adult-related priorities for the county.
  • Administer evaluations and share impacts with County Extension Council and partners.
  • Work with County Extension Council to ensure adequate financial resources are secured. 
  • 4-H Community Club
  •               -club programs filed
  •               -workshops
  •               -leader recruitment and reenrollment for approval and acceptance
  •               -monthly 4-H Newsletter and web site updates
  •               -recordkeeping process and workshop
  •               -recognition selection and event
  • -behavior management best practices
  • -risk management best practices
  • Fair support
  •               -Fair Entry
  •               -Fair book: 4-H updates done by April 1
  •               -Fair board (2 meetings with board, superintendents, and staff)
  •               -4-H Superintendent recruitment and training
  •               -4-H delivery at county fair
  • Volunteer on-boarding and training
  •               -4hOnline 2.0 user support
  • -4-H Committee meeting facilitation
  •               -County Youth Council liaison
  • Summer activities – enrichment or day camps (not more than 4)
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Team player 
  • Self-motivated with ability to work with minimal supervision 
  • Problem solving skills 
  • Cultural competence 
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel 
  • Organizational skills 
  • Project and time management skills 
  • Conflict management and resolution skills 
  • Dependability 
  • Collaboration and networking skills 
  • Experience working with youth and volunteers  
  • Experience with volunteer development 
  • Experience with Positive Youth Development 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Experience organizing events and activities
Additional Information

SUPERVISOR:  Regional Director

REPORTING:  Reports directly to and receives direction from the director with input from the county youth team. Program reporting is to the Iowa 4-H youth program specialist.

Job Type
Full Time
This position is 40 hours per week, hours may involve days, evenings, and weekends. Programming will sometimes take place in other locations. Hours will vary according to the events being planned.
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

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